This Sunday’s 10 am service will be the last Family Service of the summer. Choir Sunday and Sunday School Recognition with be the next week, June 10.
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Here are this week’s announcements:
- Wednesday Walkabouts (Around the Neighborhood)
- Vacation Bible Camp (Christian Formation)
- Lifetime Achievement Award (Diocesan News)
- Parish House (Vestry News)
In the Evening – Sunday June 24-Thursday, June 28, Vacation Bible Camp: “Wizards and Wonders – A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter.” This will be an inter-generational experience for kids, adults, and families...and at a new time: 6:00-8:30 pm, starting with a simple dinner. Invite friends and neighbors. Check the homepage of the website for a registration form or pick up a flyer in the Narthex!
Bible Study/Adult Christian Ed Wednesdays at 10:15 am in the Rath House. This week we are finishing Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life Chapter 10, “The Shape of the Eucharist.” Even if you haven’t read the chapter, the presentation and discussion will be open and helpful to you. Hope to see you there!
Sunday School – is over for the season, but Nursery Care at 10 am continues.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Wednesday Walkabouts: Coming Again in June and July! How well do you know the neighborhoods that All Saints’ serves? No matter how often you drive through a place, you never see it the same way as when you walk it. This summer we’ll have evening Walkabouts in three parish neighborhoods. Each walk will last about 45 minutes, with a meal at a local restaurant afterwards to share fellowship and talk about what we have seen and learned. Details are on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. You are invited to come to one or all three!
June 20 – Spring Ridge (dinner at Café Figaro)
July 11 – Gillette Station (dinner at Chimney Rock)
July 18 – Warrenville Center (dinner at Ye’s Asian Bistro)
Choir Sunday – June 10. The last Sunday for our choirs before the summer break.
Altar Guild – are you looking for a behind-the-scenes way to serve God and All Saints’? The Altar Guild welcomes anyone interested in this ministry. What do they do? Set up the altar for Sunday services, care for the linens and silver, as well as caring for the interior of the worship space. Members work in teams once a month, with all hands on deck for Christmas and Easter. This is a practical and prayerful ministry and your help would be greatly appreciated. For more information speak to Liz Gorny or Mother Vicki.
Summer Refreshments are available after the 10 am service on the Parish House lawn, starting June 17. Please join us for a cool drink and conversation. If you can host a Sunday (iced tea, lemonade, cookies), please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak to John McGrath.
This year’s Diocesan Senior Ministries Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from All Saints’ is Hugh Wallace. The awards will be made at a festive Evensong at St. Peter’s, Morristown at 4 pm on Sunday, June 10., preceded by a reception at 3 pm. Hugh has been a parishioner here for forty years and has served as an usher, a greeter for Family Promise Homeless Shelter, a member of the Going Local Guiding Team, a driver for the food pantry, a coordinator for quite a number of buildings and grounds projects, and an integral part of the Veterans’ Dinners team. Please come and show your support and appreciation for Hugh on June 10. Congratulations, Hugh!
Sister Monica Clare will take her final vows as a fully-professed Sister in the Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham this Friday, June 8 at 10:30 am – and we are all invited! Please keep Sr. Monica Clare and CSJB in your prayers.
The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, our new Bishop-elect and her husband, David Smedley, will be arriving in New Jersey sometime around August 1st. The service of Ordination and Consecration will be on September 22, 11 am at NJPAC in Newark. We are looking into renting a small bus to travel to and from the service and would like to gage interest. Please speak to Suzanne Kosempel if you would be interested in riding a bus. Please keep Bishop-elect Carlye – and the whole diocese – in your prayers as we move together into the future God has in store for us.
Lunch Honoring Bishop Beckwith - In recognition of their 11 years of service to the people of the Diocese of Newark, festivities luncheon the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith and Marilyn Olson will be held on September 8, 2018 at the Skylands Event & Conference Center in Randolph. The gathering begins at 11:00 am with a short liturgy, followed by the luncheon. The cost to attend is $50 per person. More information will be available from the Diocese later this month.
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
Summer Buildings & Grounds projects the Vestry is working on:
- Parish House Energy Savings All the light fixtures have been fitted with LED ballasts and dimmable bulbs. We will be adding dimmer switches to the ceiling lights upstairs and down. The gas-fired forced hot-air furnace will be replaced. This is both an environmental and financial benefit. This is a state-funded program. Our portion of the project will be paid for in savings on our energy bill in fifteen months, and we’ll have continued savings going forward.
- Parish Hall Floor will be refinished starting June 10 - The color will match the stairs in the main entryway, with three coats of polyurethane. The hall floor outside the bathrooms will also be replaced. This project will increase our attractiveness to groups and individuals seeking rentals, as well as general upkeep of the building.
- Parish House and Church Emergency Egress Lighting – this a state code for all new and existing buildings. The town has known of this since 1999, but only informed us this spring that we needed to do this work.
All Saints' Community Garden is ready and available for planting! Herbs, veggies, flowers - whatever suits your fancy. The garden is located on the back island of the parking lot and has raised beds with a number of plots available. Produce from the garden can be donated to our food ministry for distribution to those in need. Interested? Speak to Jane Hayden.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Rummage Sale! The Sale is coming September 29! We’ll begin accepting rummage August 5, “The First Sunday of Rummage.” And we’ll need lots of help sort, pricing, organizing. Check the poster in the Narthex to see how you can help. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste
6/6 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
6/7 Eucharist & Healing Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Be A Blessing – How often do you find yourself in a casual conversation with someone at Shop-Rite, the bank, on the train, at the library, or any other place and they let on that they are having a difficult time? Or perhaps you are a bystander to an encounter in a public place that isn’t gong so well (screaming toddler, rude and demanding customer, etc.; what do you do?
Here are two suggestions:
1) If you are the bystander, rather than let yourself get annoyed by the disruption, try praying silently for peace and calm for the other. Ask God to help them deal with whatever it is that has set them off. You might even imagine in your mind’s eye “The Peace of God which passes all understanding” wrapping them like a blanket and holding them securely.
2) If you are having an actual conversation and the other person shares some difficulty he or she is going through, you could say something like: “I find a lot of strength and comfort in prayer. Is it OK if I include you in my prayers tonight?’ and then ask them how you might pray for them – later on, not there in the store…unless, of course, they ask you to do that! It may be that a son or daughter or spouse needs help, or a job, or the person is asking for strength or guidance. All you have to do is to say you would be honored to pray for them, and then remember to do so!
Here’s link to a version of John Rutter’s anthem “The Lord bless you and keep you.” https://youtu.be/lZN1mryHEnQ